Logging tools aim to facilitate the generation, transmission, analysis, and storage of log data produced by applications and infrastructure.
Application performance monitoring (APM) tools then use that log data to track various systems, such as servers, networks, databases, and websites, in order to monitor performance, stay ahead of any potential issues, and ensure that users can access the system.
Business intelligence (BI) tools take logging and monitoring one step further, helping enterprises to analyze and visualize data in order to make better business decisions. The data is commonly collected into a data warehouse or data mart, where it can be organized and presented in historical, current, and predictive views. BI tools are used to increase operational efficiency, identify new revenue potential, spot market trends and support business health planning.